Thousands march in first Puerto Rican Day Parade since COVID

Thousands march in first Puerto Rican Day Parade since COVID

Town’s iconic Puerto Rican Day Parade returned to its full boisterous self Sunday after a two-year COVID hiatus, drawing a crowd of hundreds together with Mayor Eric Adams and different native pols.

A beaming Adams, flanked by metropolis Division of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, walked up the East Aspect of Manhattan waving a Puerto Rican flag whereas sporting an identical white shirt and hat with the ensign emblazoned on them.

1000’s of revelers decked out in Puerto Rican colours additionally braved the wet climate to begin at Fifth Avenue and forty third Avenue about 11 a.m. and stroll north to 79th Avenue.

US Secretary of Schooling Miguel Cardona, the son of Puerto Rican dad and mom, served because the parade’s grand marshal.

“¡Viva Puerto Rico!” Adams’ official mayoral account tweeted. “A bit rain didn’t cease the biggest Puerto Rican inhabitants exterior of La Isla del Encanto itself from taking the streets to indicate their delight!”

Mayor Eric Adams marching within the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 12, 2022.Stephen Yang

Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade was the primary in New York Metropolis for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic.James Keivom

Gov. Kathy Hochul holding a Puerto Rican flag themed umbrella in the course of the parade.Stephen Yang

Folks lined up alongside the parade route in Manhattan to rejoice Puerto Rican heritage.James Keivom

Among the many New York politicians who participated within the march had been Gov. Kathy Hochul, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), state Legal professional Basic Letitia James, Adams’ predecessor and congressional candidate Invoice de Blasio, fellow New York tenth Congressional contender and metropolis Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Metropolis Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and New York Secretary of State and former Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez.

Sunday’s parade was the primary main celebration since 2019 of the 8 million Puerto Ricans residing on the island and elsewhere, as a result of the occasion, which has been held since April 1958, was considerably scaled down in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus.

On Friday, Adam raised the Puerto Rican flag at Bowling Inexperienced Park in Downtown Manhattan to rejoice the return of the full-fledged in-person parade.

New York state Legal professional Basic Letitia James waving to the gang in the course of the parade.Stephen Yang

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez marching down the parade route.Stephen Yang

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer holding a Puerto Rican flag within the parade.Stephen Yang

“This metropolis says, ‘Mi casa, su casa. That is your metropolis. That is our metropolis,’” he mentioned. “And we’re right here collectively. And this is a crucial time. I’m wanting ahead to this weekend.

“It’s only a highly effective second that the Puerto Rican neighborhood has performed a significant position in constructing this metropolis [on] so many ranges.”

Nationwide Puerto Rican Day Parade Board Chair Louis Maldonado mentioned in Might, “It is a milestone yr for the parade, and our return to Fifth Avenue is yet one more signal that [the city] and the Puerto Rican neighborhood are sturdy, resilient and as vibrant as ever,”

Gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tom Suozzi driving within the again seat of a convertible in the course of the parade.Stephen Yang

A girl wearing a standard costume within the Puerto Rican Day Parade.James Keivom

Rep. Adriano Espaillat waving a flag on the parade.Stephen Yang

An individual in costume within the Puerto Rican Day Parade.James Keivom

Former Mayor Invoice de Blasio making an look on the parade.Stephen Yang

A girl exhibiting off her Puerto Rican flag costume on the parade.Stephen Yang

Yarimar Bonilla, of the Middle for Puerto Rican Research at CUNY, informed WNYC, “There’s a lot therapeutic that we have to do after this pandemic that has triggered a lot stress.

“We’d like these neighborhood occasions to rejoice ourselves and remind ourselves of who we’re and what we may be once we come collectively.”

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